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Joe Francis

SENTENCED TO JAIL

8/27/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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10:51 AM PT -- Joe has just been sentenced to JAIL.

According to our count, Joe has been ordered to serve at least 270 DAYS in county jail.

He's also been sentenced to 36 months probation and has been ordered to complete a Level 3 Anger Management course.

He's also been ordered to complete 1 year of psychological counseling at a rate of 1 session per week.

During the sentencing, the judge expressed serious concerns with Joe's explosive temper -- and warned that it could get him in trouble in the future unless he learns how to keep his cool.

Bond will be set at $250k.

Joe is currently being handcuffed and escorted out of the courtroom.

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10:31 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is begging the court for mercy.

10:29 AM PT --
Joe's motion for a re-trial has been SHOT DOWN. Now on to sentencing ...

9:53 AM PT --
Joe's lawyer is calling BS on the accusers -- claiming he can now prove the women lied during the trial, and therefore Joe deserves another chance to prove his innocence.

Among Joe's arguments -- he claims the women's story about not having cell phone reception at Joe's mansion are untrue ... and they have the phone records to prove it.

Joe also claims an accuser's story that she was "choke slammed" on Joe's tile floor is impossible because he doesn't have tile anywhere in the house.

9:40 AM PT --
The hearing has begun. Due to courtroom rules for this particular hearing, we will only be livestreaming the audio.

8:57 AM PT --
Francis is inside the courtroom, waiting for his case to be called.

8:50 AM PT --
Francis just arrived at the courthouse with his girlfriend Abbey Wilson. She's hot.

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8:41 AM PT --
We're told Francis is on his way to the court -- and should arrive momentarily.

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It's D-Day for Joe Francis ... the day the "Girls Gone Wild" mogul will learn his sentence for attacking a woman at his Hollywood mansion back in 2011 ... and he's facing serious time behind bars.

TMZ will be streaming live from inside the L.A. courtroom when Joe faces the judge later today. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 8:30 AM PT.

As we previously reported, 3 women had accused Joe of taking them to his Hollywood home -- following a night out -- and refusing to let them leave. He was also accused of attacking one of the women, choke-slamming her head into his tile floor.

Francis was convicted on 5 charges total, including assault, 3 counts of false imprisonment, and 1 count of dissuading a witness from reporting.

Never one to go down without a fight -- Francis recently filed court docs demanding a new trial based on allegations of insufficient evidence. We'll see if the judge buys his argument when the hearing begins.

Stay Tuned...

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tgrfan42069    

abbey all the looks in the world.but no brain to go with them. #typical

419 days ago
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dreamer4u    

He is such a LOSER.. Saw them both on some dumb reality ( I say dumb because I sat through it!!) and he was very dominating and commanding towards her. She has no "voice" in this so called relationship. I hope he goes back to jail for a LONG time..good riddance

419 days ago
18.

BABS    

I hope he gets some time - can't stand him. Saw him on couples therapy and he is such a jerk!!!!

419 days ago
19.

Shotokan500    

Serious jail time= 500 hours of community service

419 days ago
20.

Pamela    

Why am I seeing the Seal but can hear talking???? UGH

419 days ago
21.

Crackhead    

Damn, Joe. Your girlfriend is looking HOT. Don't worry, I will take care of her will you're in the joint.

419 days ago
22.

Flying Blind    

does this attorney drink much.

419 days ago
23.

orgzeurlife    

Where was his cameras to prove his innocence? seems to be a rookie mistake if you make your living filming intoxicated girls making bad judgment calls and he wasn't inclined to film this one. S***bag, oh and as for his "hot" girlfriend, she wouldn't be with frumpy faced fukhead if he didn't have money. Look at the pic, dumb bitch is looking down, probably to find her dignity somewhere on the sidewalk lodged between a cigarette butt and a chewed piece of gum.

419 days ago
24.

Johnqpublic    

The statement about his girlfriend has to be the biggest understatement of the year.. She is BEYOND hot.. He is a douch and doesn't deserve her..

419 days ago
25.

KicksandGiggles    

His Whorefriend couldn't figure it out they were going to court and not the club. I guess she figures its a treat to view the triangle. In fact, I bet she has had more lost travelers than the bermuda triangle. She is not helping him - which is good because I hope he goes to jail.

419 days ago
26.

Sher    

I can't stand this guy, but these girls who get involved with guys like this and then try to 'sue', often to cover their asses for being there in the first place, is even worse.

419 days ago
27.

bob    

stop the auto play stop the auto play stop the auto play
stop the auto play!.........

419 days ago
28.

palermo    

After seeing Joe Francis in action on Couples Therapy, I'm totally on anybody else's side. He is a lunatic, really nuts. Blames everybody else when he is the one who starts all the trouble. He's a friend of the Kardashians, enough said.

419 days ago
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Ty    

WHY THE HELL IS THIS NOT MUTED ON DEFAULT ?? Everytime the page loads the sounds booms out of speakers completely unexpectedly. Unless a person is in a private room at home expecting noise this is extremely ANNOYING. Whoever thought changed that from before where the default was mute, is a H U G E M O R O N.

419 days ago
30.

BostonGreekGirl    

After listening to his lawyer (haven't heard judges decision yet) well I have to say it sounds like these girls made up the whole thing. I don't know b/c I didn't watch/follow the original trial (though I might look it up). I don't know will be interesting to see what the judge says/rules. Stay tuned...

419 days ago
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